Rip Jackson is a conductor, singer, composer and keyboardist who specializes in both classical repertoire and music theater. After attending a performing arts high school in Atlanta where he specialized in dance and choreography, he went on to study music history, piano, harpsichord and organ at Florida State University (Bachelors), Emory University (Masters) and Case Western Reserve University (doctoral work). From 2000-2015 he worked in Rutland, VT where was the full-time Minister of Music at Grace Congregational Church and Director of the Rutland Area Chorus and Orchestra.
Mr. Jackson has conducted performances of many orchestral and choral masterpieces including Beethoven’s Mass in C and “Pastoral” Symphony, Brahm’s German Requiem, Bach’s Cantata No. 97 and Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart’s Requiem and Paul Winter’s Miss Gaia. In May 2010, his original composition, The Beatitudes: A Journey of Compassion, Justice and Love Triumphant, was premiered in Rutland, VT. Recently, Rip has conducted a fully-staged orchestral production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS and Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s Les Misérables at the Paramount Theater. Rip is currently the director of music at First Parish in Lexington and presents two concerts a year at the church.
Email Rip if you have questions about First Parish’s Music program.